Dara Cooper

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Dara Cooper


Dara Cooper has for about half of her life, been active in feminist, international, local, campus, union, economic justice and public health human rights struggles (although born into human rights struggles and comes from a long ancestral lineage of freedom fighters).

Background

Dara Cooper is an activist, organizer and whole food lover based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the director of the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, working on food and active living policy and systems change. The partnerships works in and with communities of color towards building an empowered community that determines and participates in an accessible, fair and equitable food system and a healthy, safe environment for all residents.

In November 2013, she traveled with a delegation to Cuba as a part of the first Black Permaculture Network. A former Bold Food Fellow (exchange program between professionals in the U.S. and East Africa), a former Food Justice Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice in Kalamazoo, member of Growing Food and Justice for All (GFJI) and Black Farmers Urban Gardeners Network. Dara believes in the power of people organizing, investing in self-determining, sustainable communities worldwide and is guided by the quote: “Imperialism is an international system of exploitation, and we, as revolutionaries, must be internationalists to defeat it.” -Assata Shakur.[1]

FRSO connection

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Circa 1988 Freedom Road Socialist Organization compiled a "Nationality Contact" list. It comprised of people Freedom Road would like to work with or to recruit, mainly through racial issues.

The list included Gordon Dillahunt and Elaine Dillahunt of the Amilcar Cabral/Paul Robeson Collective, and their college age daughter Dara Dillahunt. Jack Holtzman was named as a suitable contact. .

Hands Off Assata

In August of 2006, Dara Cooper began working full-time for the Hands Off Assata (HOA) Campaign, launching a national tour celebrating Assata’s 60th birthday while calling for an end to political repression against Assata, our local communities, and Cuba[2].

The campaign operates within a larger social justice analysis of ending oppression, drawing attention to issues inherently connected to Assata’s case including women and the prison industrial complex, political prisoners, political repression, imperialism, liberation and healing.

Ella's Daughters

In 2009 Dara Cooper was a member of Chicago based organization Ella's Daughters-A network of artists, scholars and writers working in the tradition of militant Civil rights activist Ella Baker[3].

We are a loose network of women who respect and admire Baker’s legacy, and are either interested in or already engaged in work that represents a continuation of her democratic, egalitarian humanistic tradition. We do not want to reinvent the wheel or duplicate or compete in any way with existing efforts. An argument can be made that the potential for a renewed progressive movement already exists and is embedded in the local trench work of organizers like Ella Baker.

Prominent members include Bernardine Dohrn, Tracye Matthews, Camille Odeh and Barbara Ransby.

1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising

Maurice Moe Mitchell August 5, 2015,

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  1. UnitedWeFight: 1st Anniversary of the #Ferguson Uprising - National Conference Call. Thurs. 8PM EST / 7PM CST Register at http://bit.ly/uwfcall — with Justin Hansford, Scott A. Roberts, Mary Hooks, Kayla M. Reed, Diamond Latchison, Kareem Jackson, Bukky Gbadegesin, Katrina Gamble, Tanya Lucia Bernard, Tory Russell, Cedric Lawson, Alicia Garza, Leslie Mac, Charlene Carruthers, Patrisse Cullors, Cherrell Brown, Dante Barry, Waltrina N. Middleton, Damon Turner, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Ash-Lee Henderson, Damon Davis, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Mari Morales-Williams, Mervyn Marcano, Nicole Lee, Elandria Williams, Opal Ayo, Jonathan Pulphus, Dara Cooper, Michael McBride, Umi Selah, Osagyefo Sekou, Tara Tee, Rose Berry, Sistufara W. Muhammad, Purvi Shah, Cid Nichols, Ingrid Benedict, Jade Ogunnaike, James Hayes, Anita Nichole, Joe Worthy and The Movement for Black Lives.

The Movement for Black Lives

The Black Lives Matter "Movement for Black Lives" conference was held in Cleveland Ohio, July 24-26, 2015.

What Assata Really Taught Me: Gender, Sexuality, and Nationalism, Asha Bandele, Beatriz Beckford, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement - Dara Cooper, Autumn Marie, Taliba Obuya, Ola Ronke.[4]

FRSO friendly

Maria C. Fernandez November 8, 2015 near Washington ·

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With Allison Thompson, Marcia Olivo, Ashli Bolden, Sendolo Diaminah, Jennifer Toles, Trina Greene Brown, Nikki MG Cole, Denise Perry, Denise Diaz, Toussaint Losier, MamaLisa Thomas-Adeyemo, Mark-Anthony Clayton-Johnson, Nicole Newman, Adrienne Maree Brown, Chigozirim Ugonna, Kesi Bem Foster, Dara Cooper, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Alta Starr and Beatriz Beckford.

Vision 4 Black Lives

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Karl Kumodzi, Mervyn Marcano, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Montague Simmons, Zakiya Scott, Maurice Moe Mitchell, Dara Cooper, Ash-Lee Henderson, Morathi Adams and Marbre Stahly-Butts, Facebook, August 1, 2016.

Family

Ash-Lee Henderson August 21, 2016 ·

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  1. FamilyMatters — with Montague Simmons, Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, Dara Cooper, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Karl Kumodzi and Morathi Adams.

FRSO

Facebook 2016
Facebook 2016

Dara Cooper is close to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Dara Cooper.[5]

Movement for Black Lives webinar

Alicia Garza March 8, 2017:

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really excited to join some really amazing folks like Dara Cooper, Lola Cuevas Smallwood, Ed Whitfield and Elandria Williams on tonight's Movement for Black Lives webinar on Economic Power and talk about the amazing work domestic workers are doing to transform the economy in the image of those who hold up half the sky. Join us tonight?

Amandla Training

Sendolo Diaminah February 1 2018

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Hey Black organizers & those who love us: BOLD has re-opened our application period for Amandla, our organizer training program. We have just a few more slots we wanted to make available, so now is your chance if you missed the deadline!

Alicia Garza, Ajamu Dillahunt, Aaron Gamal, Whitney Maxey, Hashim Benford, Ociele Hawkins, Bryan Proffitt, Bennett D. Carpenter, Courtney Sebring, Cazembe Murphy Jackson, Reece Chenault, Charlene Carruthers, Chanelle Croxton, D’atra Jackson, Dove Kent, Fresco Steez DeLaflyy, Maria C. Fernandez, Aiden Riley Graham, Kaji Reyes, Laila Nur, Theo Luebke, Maria Poblet, N’Tanya Lee, Taliba O Njeri, Orisanmi Burton, Quinton Harper, Roberto Tijerina, Mary Hooks, Serena Sebring, Adaku Utah, Vanessa Moses, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Thomas Wayne Walker, Jayanni Elizabeth, Jayda Rasberry, Amber Evans, Dara Cooper, Yotam Marom.

Cazembe connection

Cazembe Jackson July 6 2018:

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With Cherrell Brown, Christina Novaton and Dara Cooper.


Dara Cooper with Cazembe Jackson and Ash-Lee Henderson, December 2016

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Dara Cooper with Cazembe Jackson, Jaribu Hill and Ajamu Baraka.

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